What is up? Turns out that Hanson is a scientist that has come to investigate Fara. He has tried to convince the authorities that aliens have followed a radio signal back to the observatory and are testing Earth out for colonization. They apparently need things to be hot so cue the heat wave. Despite the obvious strange weather no one is coming to help them, so they must try and stop the invasion themselves. Nothing works and pretty much everyone is dead before the last three minutes happen. In those three minutes we hear thunder, it rains, and all the aliens die… probably because they cooled off. The end.
of the Burning Damned had all the ingredients for a cool movie. Isolated island
setting, alien invasion, mysterious deaths, and a great cast, more on that
later. So, what the hell happened? First up the story is painfully slow. We get
so much walking around and people talking about the heat that there is never
any momentum. We spend more time watching Hanson setup a camera trap then we do
with them discussing the aliens! This is even worse with the introduction of a
major subplot involving Jeff and his new secretary Angela. They had an affair
in London, and she has pursued him to the island to try and continue things
while he wants to leave peacefully with his wife. Sweet… forget the aliens I
want the drama of an affair. Not really. The movie feels like they didn’t
really have much of a plot and threw a bunch of random plotlines in to pad
things out. I still can’t get over the abrupt and silly ending. I mean advanced
spacefaring aliens didn’t know it was going to rain! Really?
The Drama... The Scandal!
I was especially disappointed with this because it wasted direction from Terence Fisher, and performances from both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. That is some legendary British horror both in front of and behind the camera. All three are hamstrung with a script that goes nowhere and other characters that don’t deserve the screentime they get. I wanted more Lee and Cushing and less girl drama! Damn asshole script killed them off and left the girl alive… stupid movie.
aliens in this alien invasion movie are saved until the very end. For most of
the movie they are a portrayed as a spotlight on the victim while a loud sound
plays. When we do see them, they are at best a Horta (classic Trek reference…
hope you get it) looking rubber blob that I don’t believe ever actually moves
on camera. You know real scary stuff. Other than that we get nothing. Despite
them telling us “something landed” we never see a ship or anything. Not even a
crappy cardboard set! Very disappointing.
Yinz gonna move... ever?
I can’t recommend spending your time on Island of the Burning Damned. It just isn’t a good movie. If you want to see a very similar and much better executed flick check out Island of Terror also starring Peter Cushing and directed by Terence Fisher. It is even from the same year!
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